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Big dry driving red-headed strangers south for a wetter life in our backyards

1509394543564It’s got a vivid red head and it’s more commonly spotted on the Queensland coast – but you may soon see this beautiful little bird in your Melbourne backyard.

That’s because the scarlet honeyeater appears to be heading to Victoria to seek refuge from drought in its usual habitat.

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An animal by any other name: Could changing this species’ name help save it from extinction?


The greater stick nest rat has teetered on the brink of extinction – and no one but a few dedicated souls seems ready to save the furry little rodent.

Is it because of its name? Specifically, one word in its name? Rat?

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Australia says Chinese spy ship near war games

maxresdefault (Reuters) – A Chinese spy ship has been detected off the Australian coast near joint war games underway between the United States, New Zealand and Australian militaries, the Australian Defense Force (ADF) said on Saturday.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence vessel was operating off the northeast coast during the Talisman Sabre war games, the ADF said in a statement.Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 4.30.29 PM

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Australian man dies in faulty air bag crash


(Reuters) – An Australian man who died in a Sydney car crash may be the 18th death linked to faulty Takata air bags, after police said he was killed when hit in the neck by shrapnel from an air bag.

Police did not say the air bag in the Honda CRV was from manufacturer Takata, wScreen Shot 2017-08-03 at 4.30.29 PMhose faulty air bags have been linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide.

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Australia’s Aborigines deliver PM a roadmap to constitutional recognition

Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 4.05.17 PMMELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s aboriginal leaders delivered a report to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday recommending the indigenous population be recognized in the constitution as the country’s first people, with a history dating back some 50,000 years.

The report also called for a representative body be set up to advise

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parliament on indigenous matters.

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ANZ sells South Australia govt bonds after state announces new bank tax

logo_ANZMELBOURNE, June 29 (Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd has sold tens of millions of dollars worth of South Australia government bonds, its chief executive said on Thursday, a week after the state announced a new bank tax.

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risen relative to those of other states since it imposed a A$370 million ($280 million) levy on the country’s five biggest lenders, indicating investors have become more cautious about lending to the state government. Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 4.10.03 PM.png

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Rare, eerie bird returns to Bendigo bushland



It’s call has been likened to the wailing of children and screams for help – but the eerie night-time cry of the curlew has disappeared from the bush surrounding Bendigo.

The once common bush-stone curlew is now listed as endangered in Victoria. And Judy Crocker – who is spearheading local efforts to save the secretive bird – estimates there may be as few as two breeding pairs in the area.

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Council watchdog investigates Bendigo


The state’s local government watchdog has launched an investigation into the City of Greater Bendigo council.

The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate provided a written response to the Bendigo Advertiser when asked if it was investigating breaches of confidentiality within the council.


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